Topic Of The Day: Hair & Relationships

If your partner was against you changing your hair (i.e. shaving, transitioning, etc), would you stop yourself from doing it or would you still do it?

Yes or No.

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The Truth About The Natural Hair Movement

Society put a lot of pressure on women to look a certain way, act a certain way and even think a certain way.

Unfortunately, big-natural-hairthis pressure results in some women having insecurities about their bodies or having unbelievable expectations about themselves and to another extent about others as well.

For a long time, women with curly/kinky hair have been told that having natural hair isn’t beautiful. The issue here is that young girls are growing up believing that they MUST be someone else to be accepted. How can WE change that? How can we teach them to love themselves for who they are?

Well, I think that one of the goal of the natural hair movement is to empower women and girls. The “natural hair movement” as some like to call it started with few women (Afrobella is one of them) who decided to return to their natural hair texture showing that you do not have to stick to what’s society wants you to be. I see them as role models for younger generations and other women as well telling us to believe that we are enough. Ghandi was right when he said “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Just look at the way big brands have started to cater to our needs, including L’Oréal and Pantene. Who would have thought this few years ago.

I can’t wait to see what’s next…

What are your views on the natural hair movement? Has it changed anything for you?

 Photo source(s): @kelbpics

How-to Wash Natural and Transitioning Hair

Hello beauties,

It’s a fact learning how to take care of your own hair is crucial for healthy hair and, of course, length retention. Washing your hair properly will allow you to:

  • Get rid of all the products you put in your hair, during the week, and therefore avoid product build-up and breakage
  • Cleanse your scalp and let it breath
  • Avoid dry hair and breakage

Follow these few steps for clean and healthy hair:Shower-head-horizontal346

Step 1: Section your hair. It will be easier to wash and you will have fewer tangles            .

Step 2: Gently detangle each part to remove any knots and shed hair.

Step 3: Twist or braid your hair (If you have short hair or just big chopped, you can leave it as it is). 4 to 6 braids/twists should be enough, depending on the amount of hair you have on your head.

Step 4: Fully wet your hair with warm water.

Step 5: Apply a small amount of shampoo or conditioner directly onto the scalp. Massage your scalp delicately with your fingertips, not your nails, and let the product run through your hair, while washing the ends.

Step 6: Rinse your tresses.

(Repeat step 4 & 5 as needed.)

Step 7: If you used a shampoo in step 3, apply a generous amount of conditioner to your freshly washed hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated. It will condition your hair for styling. For a better penetration of the conditioner, use a plastic cap, and leave the product for a few minutes.

Step 8: Rinse it and make sure to remove all traces of product from your hair.

Check out Mymanemoves ‘ washing regimen. Simple, isn’t it?

Top tips:

  • Make sure your nails are clipped, you don’t want them to get in the way.
  • If you’re using a shampoo, use a sulfate free one, it will prevent your curls from getting excessively dry.
  • Use a moisturizer, i.e. cream, oil, lotion or butter to seal in the moisture.

What do/does your wash day(s) look like? 

 

Photo source (s): 4freephotos.com

Defeat the Heat!

Two words you never want to hair in relation to your hair is, HEAT DAMAGE! Whether you are a life-long naturalista or are on a journey to promote healthy natural hair, heat damage is the last thing you want to encounter.

Heat damage can be a result of two ways: –

  1. The use of curling tongs/straighteners that have been placed on a setting that your hair cannot handle
  1. Excessive blow-drying of your hair using high heat

We all love change and we all love to take the easy route sometimes but, we need to weigh up our options if we want to promote long-term good hair health. If we take blow-drying as an example, it is so easy to use as a means of drying our hair on Wash Day but, depending on the frequency of your wash days or if you have used a heat protectant, there is always the risk of getting heat damage.

So how do we get rid of heat damage? Unfortunately, heat damage alters the natural texture of your hair and you will notice that the strands that have been damaged will hang straight after washing, whilst your natural coils will curl at the end.

In order to repair the damage, the ends should be clipped up unto the point where the strand has not altered. Clipping the ends can be done over a period of time, especially if you have several areas where damage has taken its’ toll. The beauty of having natural hair is that the clipped ends can be hidden within the rest of your hair and you can once again be on the road to good hair health.

Have you experienced heat damage? Let us know…

Don’t Bug Me!

I said her hair looked nice and she threw me shade!

Don't Bug Me

I just saw a woman at the station with really thick beautiful natural hair in ringlets, spiralling down her back. I walked up to her and said “Your hair is gorgeous, do you know if it is 4a, b, c etc?”. This is the first time I’ve ever reached out to a Naturalista and been given the cold shoulder, her face was made up and her body language said “why are you bothering me, go away!”

Which makes me question, I know we are very keen and enthusiastic about our natural hair journeys, which is great but are we wrong to want to share that enthusiasm with people we meet?

Is it OTT or should people lighten up when they are paid complements. Are we too forward or are some women just being plain stush?

Get at me with your thoughts and experiences ladies, tell it like it is.

Photo Source: thyranq.deviantart.com

Natural Hair Movement Travels to West Africa

Natural Hair Movements Moves to West Africa

In the Ivory Coast, a fairly new group of woman meet every two months in the capital of Abidjan. The group calls itself “Nappys de Babi,” and the 2,400 odd members share tips on how to maintain their natural hair.

The main goal of “Nappys de Babi” – which is a combination of “natural,” “happy,” and Abidjan’s nickname – is to convince black women to forgo relaxers, extensions, and wigs. However, most of the women haven’t worn natural hair since their teenage years.. Read more from Clutch Magazine >>here<<

Natural Hair: What It Means to Me

For some people, natural is just wearing afros or stopping relaxers. To me it means much more. When I hear anything related to natural hair, I hear creativity, freedom, boldness, beauty… 

Natural hair: bold and beautiful

The styles that I have seen since I have started this journey are just stunning. Natural hair is so versatile; you can do literally anything you want with it. You can be sporting a fro one day, and comb coils the next day. Embracing your natural coils also increases your confidence, it really does! Choosing to transition or to do the big chop is not an easy decision. It’s a drastic change which requires a lot of courage and makes you more confident about yourself and your own beauty.

You will face critics and judgements, especially within the black community. You will have to develop thick skin and do what you think is best for you, despite other peoples negative comments. You will also need persistence when your hair doesn’t react the way you want it to. Sometimes, I wake up in the morning asking myself what am I going to do with this thick hair, but I usually get over it and try to be creative. Confidence is key, whether your hair is short, long, nappy or curly.

Natural hair and freedom

The freedom to be you, freedom from using relaxers, freedom from the stereotypes of unprocessed hair…
Being natural is accepting to be yourself, as God made you, and refuse the “standards of beauty”. Regardless of what we’ve been told from young and what the media’s image of beauty, I think natural hair is something to be proud of.

Another important aspect to take in consideration is the long term damage of strengthening products and extensions. For those who don’t know, this is what can happen to you. I hope it won’t, but it can.  

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Is it really worth it? Do you hate yourself that much to put yourself through that?

By Angele Amponsah

 Photo Source(s): vissastudios.com
africanhealthmagazine.com

Going Natural…Should I?

Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t – Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote says it all. In life, no matter what you do or will do, you will be prone to judgement from people you know or even from people you have never seen in your whole life. It also applies to the process of going natural. Some people will not understand, tell you that you will not be able to comb your hair, nappy hair is ugly…and so on. Of course some will say “Go for it!”, but choosing to be natural is a PERSONAL CHOICE. I know doing something new is sometimes scary, but isn’t taking risk exciting? I believe that being natural gives you a little something more which makes you stand out.

Many of us “naturals” had the same questions when we started our journey.
Will it fit me? Hmmm, I do believe that if you were born with it, it will.
Which styles can I wear? That’s the thing with natural hair; there are so many hairstyles that you can wear: big curly afro, dreadlocks, flat twists, bantu-knot twist out (my favourite, I admit it :-D) … Don’t worry if you can’t make some of the styles you have seen, it takes a while to manage the different techniques. Do not give up!!

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How do I take care of it and which products should I use? Well, it all depends on your hair texture and until you stop using relaxers you won’t know. 

It’s crazy how women are becoming more and more confident about wearing their natural mane, even in the public scene. Celebrities like Yaya Dacosta Alafia (from ANTM) and Tracee Ellis Ross are strutting their natural tresses, and aren’t they beautiful? Yes, they are.

Will you take the steps?

By Angele Amponsah

 Photo Source(s):tumblr.com
fancyhuhhh.blogspot.co.uk

Transitioning To A New You

For many of us who have decided to embark on a natural hair journey, transitioning can be a way of weaning yourself off of the hair you have become accustomed to. When you have lived with chemically-treated hair for so long and the thought of sporting a level one haircut seems daunting, transitioning can be a way of maintaining your processed length whilst coming to terms with the new you.

Transitioning is always a personal experience which can have its’ ups and downs. The battle of trying to create new hairstyles that will blend both hair textures can be a chore to say the least and we all know, we want to make this process as pain-free as possible to achieve our desired goals. During transitioning, the hair is probably at its’ most fragile state and if due care isn’t taken, that Big Chop may approach faster than you anticipated due to hair breakage.

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